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Lehigh University honored the recipients of the 2005 Faculty Awards at the annual faculty dinner held Tuesday.

Award recipients included:

George White, professor of education and human services and coordinator of the Educational Leadership program at Lehigh, who was given the Hillman Faculty Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and advancing the interests of the university.

Ray Pearson, associate professor of materials science and engineering, who was given the Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Advising.

Clay Naito, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, who was given the Hillman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising.

Mary Nicholas, associate professor of Russian, who was given the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes mastery in the educator’s field, a superior ability to communicate with others, and an exceptional talent in encouraging students to achieve their full potential.

Kenneth Kraft, professor of religion studies, and Gregory Tonkay, associate professor of industrial and system engineering, who were both given the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, which goes to senior members of the teaching staff for distinguished teaching performed during the current academic year.

Geraldo Vasconcellos, the Allen DuBois Distinguished Professor of Finance and Economics, who was the recipient of two awards this year: The Robert and Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence among the faculty of the College of Business and Economics as demonstrated by classroom interaction, course design and faculty contributions; and the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award, which highlights quality research and refereed scholarship in business and applied economic disciplines, and rewards those involved in distinguished research.

Helen Chan, the New Jersey Zinc Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, who was given the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievements.

Colin Saldanha, assistant professor of biology, who received the Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Early Career Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievements among younger faculty.

Anne Anderson, the Theodore A. Lauer Professor of Finance and Laura Gonnerman, assistant professor of psychology, who both received the Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes outstanding teaching performances among junior faculty.

Also recognized were Robert Armstrong, a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Celene Hadeed, a graduate student in the College of Business and Economics, and Chris Janneck, a graduate student in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, who each received the Lehigh University Teaching Assistant Award.


Anne Anderson joined the department of finance at Lehigh in 2003. Her teaching and research interests include corporate finance, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation. She has had articles published in the Journal of Financial Research, Financial Management, and the Journal of Fixed Income. In 2004, she was named the Theodore A. Lauer Professor of Finance. In 2001 and 2003, she was awarded research grants from the New York Stock Exchange. Her work experience includes more than four years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and more than four years as a plant engineer for Lanier Clothes. Anderson received her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1987, her MBA from the University of Tulsa in 1998, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2003.

Helen M. Chan originally came to Lehigh in 1982, when she took up a post-doctoral research position in the department of materials science and engineering. In 1984, she was promoted to research engineer, and, in 1986, joined the faculty as an assistant professor. Following an 18-month leave of absence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, she returned to Lehigh in 1988 and was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and to professor in 1995. Her current research interests include the application of reactive processing to fabricate unique ceramic/metal structures, including cellular and nanopatterned materials. She is also actively involved in research on the role of dopants and interfacial chemistry on diffusion limited processes in ceramics. Dr. Chan is the author of more than 145 publications, and has received the American Ceramic Society Roland B. Snow award on five separate occasions (1986, 1990, 1992, 1999 and 2000). In 1990, Chan was awarded the Alfred Noble Robinson Award for "outstanding performance and unusual promise of professional achievement", and she has received Lehigh University's "Service Teaching Excellence Award" for two consecutive years (1991 and 1992). Chan was named the 1992 recipient of ASM International's Bradley Stoughton Award for outstanding young faculty in the field of Materials Science & Engineering. In 1993, Dr. Chan was awarded the "Class of 1961" Professorship by Lehigh University for "distinction in teaching, research and service,” and in 1999, she was named the New Jersey Zinc Professor at Lehigh. Most recently, Dr. Chan was inducted as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2005). Chan graduated in 1979 from Imperial College with a B.Sc. First Class Honours degree in materials science, and was the recipient of the Governors' Prize for most outstanding graduate in materials science. She was subsequently awarded a Ph.D. and D.I.C. from the Department of Materials Science and Technology at Imperial in 1982.

Laura Gonnerman came to Lehigh in 2002. Her research focuses on behavioral, computational, and brain imaging techniques to study language acquisition and processing in normal and impaired populations. Some of her recent studies have examined how very young children learn the meanings of words, what brain regions are active when normal adults process words, and how word knowledge breaks down in Alzheimer’s disease. This research is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health. She was elected in 2004 to membership in the Academy of Aphasia. Dr Gonnerman teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, most recently Child Language Acquisition, Atypical Language, Introduction to Linguistics, and Introduction to Psychology. She received Master of Arts degrees in both French and German before completing her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Southern California in 1999. After winning a National Research Service Award, she was a post-doctoral research fellow in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition from 1999-2001.

Kenneth Kraft is a scholar of Japanese Zen and a leading interpreter of contemporary Buddhism. He is the author or editor of six books, including the award-winning Eloquent Zen, which examines the transmission of Zen from China to Japan, and Inner Peace, World Peace, which has been called a “classic of engaged Buddhism.” Other books include The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism, a response to current social issues; Zen: Tradition and Transition, an anthology of present-day Zen masters and scholars; and Dharma Rain, a co-edited collection of Buddhist teachings on human/nature relations. Kraft, who joined the faculty in 1990, has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and the Stanford Universitthe Master of Arts degree education administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and the Ed.D. in educational leadership from the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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